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Avenger TBF / TBM in Detail

by Franteski Koran & Michal Ovcacik




S u m m a r y

Title, Description & Publisher: Avenger TBF / TBM in Detail
Wings and Wheels Publications
RAK, P.O. Box 35 17006, Prague 7,
Czech Republic.

Red Line Special Museum Series, Number 34

Media: Soft cover; 60 pages; 212 photos; 6 side profiles; 52 black and white drawings; brief English text
Price: Unknown at this stage
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Hundreds of photographs of superb quality; brief text is to the point; list of available models
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Ian Sadler

Avenger TBF / TBM in Detail is available online  from Squadron.com



Text is in English it contains the following number of pages 60 and has in total of photographs of 212 along with 52 black and white line drawings, 6 full colour profile illustrations of aircraft. As if that is not enough, a separate set of 1/48 scale plans on a double sided A2 sheet of high quality semi gloss art paper; along with a further 8 black and white photographs.

As usual, it starts with the brief history of the Avenger a very important aircraft in WW2 both for the Americans, British and post war as a Fire Bomber / Crop Sprayer. After that, it is in the mind blowing detail that the photographs contain, a bonus is the inclusion of the black and white line drawings scattered throughout the book. These are used to the full by adding extra details that may not be at first obvious in the colour photographs or to illustrate a point more fully from the text.

I am lucky enough to have seen the restoration of an Avenger spread over many years at the IWM Duxford Museum and I can see just how the authors have taken the time and patience to obtain the photographs that modellers seem to demand more and more nowadays.

This book will enhance the information and internal workings of the Avenger; allowing the model makers to super detail their kits what ever the scale. It will give an insight and detail for resin after market and photo etch producers to get it right there is no excuse now.

I usual try to illustrate this with a single photograph to pick up on the level of detail. But once more, I am drawn to the black and white line drawings on page 37, these show the differences in the rear cockpit layouts and stowage details; they are absolutely superb.

Franti and his team of authors seem to push the boundaries of what can be included with every new title they publish. It is not hard to see why over the last few years every new title is eagerly awaited and sells out very quickly at model shows here in the UK.

This book will go down well with our American readers and for them who like to have marks of 10. I give it ten for overall quality and price, 10 for the quality of photographs and lastly 10 for the line drawings and plans.


Thanks to Franti for the advance review copy

Review Copyright 2005 by Ian Sadler
This Page Created on 26 June, 2005
Last updated 26 June, 2005

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